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What's at risk in Scotland from a US-UK trade deal?

July 2020

This wee 12-page booklet shows the different ways that a trade deal with the US could affect Scotland.

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Exiting the permanent crisis in the global south

April 2020

The case for a global financial reset in the wake of Covid-19 

Even in the wealthiest countries on earth, years of austerity combined with ‘market knows best’ ideology has hollowed out our ability to deal with coronavirus. But for many countries in the global south, the weakness of the public sector was not a democratic choice but was imposed by rich countries and international institutions like the IMF...

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US-UK trade deal: Threats to the NHS and drug pricing

March 2020

In its negotiating objectives for a US-UK trade deal, the UK government has said: “…the National Health Service (NHS) will not be on the table. The price the NHS pays for drugs will not be on the table. The services the NHS provides will not be on the table. The NHS is not, and never will be, for sale to the private sector”. On the surface, it may appear that the NHS and drug prices are no longer under threat from a US-UK trade deal.

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Exporting repression: How Britain is supplying surveillance technology to human-rights abusing countries

September 2019

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard

The British government is continuing to approve the export of high-tech surveillance equipment and software of the type that is being used by states abusing human rights to monitor and repress dissent, new government figures show.

In the past 12 months, “telecommunications interception equipment”, or software and technology for such equipment, has been exported to 13 countries, including authoritarian regimes such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

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Five reasons modern trade deals are terrible for the climate

August 2019

Any lasting and just solution to climate change must lie in changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. Modern, mega trade deals will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. This briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop these trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

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Lydian v Armenia

July 2019

SUMMARY:
Mining company threatened to sue when protestors blockaded a gold mine and government allowed the protest to go ahead

STATUS:
Starting

AT STAKE:
£2 billion

DETAILS:
Initial notification filed March 2019 using both a UK-Armenia and Canada-Armenia investment deal

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Biwater v Tanzania

May 2019

British water firm sues Tanzania for ending a failed water contract

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Chevron vs Ecuador

May 2019

US oil firm sued Ecuador after compensaton ordered for devastating Amazon oil spill.

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ISDS files - Philip Morris V Australia

January 2019

Tobacco giant sued Australia over plain packaging for cigarettes

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Q&A: Stop corporate courts

January 2019

A Q&A to deal with tricky questions about corporate courts and our campaign against them.

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The case against corporate courts

January 2019

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), is a system of special privileges granted to transnational companies by rules in trade and investment deals. ISDS has enabled corporations to sue countries for doing almost anything they don’t like – including restrictions on destructive mining, regulating finance, renationalising public services and anti-smoking policies.

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Trading up for health: How to prevent trade deals from undermining health

January 2019

This briefing outlines the main risks that trade policy poses to health, and then sets out the alternatives that could help avoid these risks and ensure that trade doesn’t undermine health justice. It makes seven recommendations for future UK agreements.

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The Trans-Pacific Powergrab

October 2018

TPP will hand over even more power to the most powerful corporations in the world and deepen the inequalities of hyperglobalisation. The UK should not be considering joining it. Instead it should be developing a progressive approach to trade that can work for people and planet. More about why joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be bad for people and planet – and the UK in our new briefing with Trade Justice Movement and War On Want.